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Moving to North Carolina
North Carolina was one of the original thirteen colonies, and the home of the first English colony in the Americas. North Carolina was named to honor King Charles I, as "Carolusa" is Latin for Charles. Today, it is a fast-growing state with an increasingly diverse and vibrant economy and population. Hundreds of years of history and natural scenic beauty await you. The Outer Banks of North Carolina hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. America's largest home, the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, is breathtaking to behold. This estate includes a 255-room chateau, an award-winning winery and extensive gardens. You will find something awe-inspiring with every visit.
North Carolina became the 12th state on November 21, 1789. With an area of 53,821 square miles, North Carolina is the 28th largest state in the US. Regarding population, at nearly 8.9 million people, NC ranks as the 11th most populace state. North Carolina leads the nation in furniture, tobacco, brick, and textile production, as well as sweet potatoes. The state vegetable is of course the sweet potato.
Now that you are moving to the Tar Heel State, impress your friends and family with your North Carolina knowledge:
State Capital is Raleigh.
Largest City is Charlotte.
The Andy Griffith show was set in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina. The actor was born in Mount Airy, NC in 1926.
State Beverage is Milk.
Pepsi was invented in New Bern in 1898.
State Bird is the Cardinal.
State Berries, NC couldn't pick just one. Blue: Blueberry / Red: Strawberry
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is the oldest State University in the United States and alma mater to basketball great, Michael Jordan.
The University of North Carolina's mascot, the Tarheels, is a nickname for North Carolinians that supposedly came from the days when NC produced a lot of tar, and someone saw a set of footprints made by someone who had stepped in the tar.
State Motto: Esse quam videri ("To be, rather than to seem").
Clay Aiken, of American Idol fame, is from NC.
State Song: "The Old North State."
State Tree: Pine.
In 1903, the Wright Brothers made the first successful powered flight by man at Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk. The Wright Memorial at Kitty Hawks now commemorates their achievement.
High Point is known as the Furniture Capital of the World.
The Krispy Kreme Doughnut was founded in Winston-Salem in 1937.
The first miniature golf course was built in Fayetteville.
Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.
Winston-Salem was created when the two towns Winston and Salem combined.
Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, was born in the Waxsaws area on the border of North and South Carolina.
James K. Polk, eleventh President, was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
NC shares borders with South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and the Atlantic.
Enjoy your new home - North Carolina!